Yes, this is late. Life has been craaaaazy, and I’ve burnt out a little. :P But better late than never, right?
Can you believe there’s less than a week left in November? Anyone else feel like the month just flew by?
Current total word count: 30,693 (why yes, I am 10k+ behind. thanks for asking)
Favorite snippet from this week:
Makio turned back to Tora. “Take care of yourself, okay? I don’t want you getting yourself into any more trouble than you have to. Come home in one piece.”
“I’ll do my best.”
Makio wrapped Tora in a hug. “I love you, Mixa.”
Tora groaned. “You know I hate that nickname.” She pulled away and punched him half-heartedly in the arm.
Makio grinned. “You love me anyway.”
Tora sighed. “Yes.” She looked up at him. “I love you.” She smirked. “Even if you are obnoxious sometimes.”
Makio chuckled. “It’s my job as an older brother.” He ruffled her hair, earning another eye roll.
Tora walked over to Zen, and Makio came over to Duyên.
“Hey.” Makio tugged on Duyên’s braid. “You take care of yourself, too, okay Nỏcha?”
Duyên nodded. “I’ll look out for Tora, too.”
Makio smiled. “I know you will.” He looked over at Ryuu. “And you take care of them both.” Makio slapped Ryuu’s shoulder. “I trust you.”
Ryuu nodded. “I will.”
Makio returned the nod.
“Look out for Riye,” Duyên blurted.
Makio looked down at Duyên with wide eyes.
“She’s been… off lately. Just… make sure she’s okay, and make sure she knows someone’s there for her.”
Makio nodded slowly. “Okay.” He turned toward the door, but immediately turned back. “Why me?”
Duyên smiled. “I trust you.” And I trust you to care about her.
“Th-thanks.” His brow furrowed, like he knew she’d left something out and wanted to know what, but he just tugged on her braid again and said, “Gossalu be with you,” before leaving the guild.
Biggest challenge this week: Well… I’ve written less than 7k this week due to a bunch of social engagements (which have been fun, for the most part, just time-consuming) and burn-out. And I have a tendency to not really take care of my burn-out, but just try to keep pushing myself, which doesn’t actually work and just makes me feel guilty because I’m not getting anything done. Fortunately, I’m working to be more aware of that and yesterday I gave myself a day to just relax and allow myself to do nothing, and I think that really helped.
Biggest success this week: I’m approaching the climax! I don’t actually know what the climax is going to look like, because my outline runs out before that point, BUT I know some of the action leading up to it and it’s going to be so fun!